Social Psychology

Social Psychology

  1. Module Title: Social Psychology
  2. Module Prefix/Number: SOC 401
  3. Credit Hours: Three (3)
  4. Description: This course offers an up-to-date introduction to social psychology: the scientific study of how we as humans interact with and influence each other. It explores deeper sides of our everyday reality such as how individuals’ seemingly private attitudes and free choices may often be shaped by the social environment, what circumstances might “push our buttons” and get us to discriminate against our fellow human beings, what lead us to decide that someone is attractive or to offer help to them, and how relationships we have could determine whether we would be healthy or sick in the long run. We will critically examine a wide and interesting range of research perspectives for their applicability in our social experiences.
  5. Student Learning Outcomes: At the end of this course students will have:
    Learning outcomes

    The learner will:

    Assessment criteria

    The learner can:

    1. Understand how knowledge is gained in social psychology through systematic investigations of creative ideas and real-world data 1.1 Demonstrate the scientific mindset of generating research hypotheses, measures, and methods of testing the hypotheses
    2. Be able to appreciate major theories in social psychology 2.1 Explain basic assumptions and research findings regarding social perception, influence, and relations

    2.2 Explain applications and their limitations of social psychology theories in promoting business productivity as well as physical and mental health

    3. Discover manifestations of social psychology concepts and principles in daily life 3.1 Apply well-reasoned methods to detect and analyse patterns of social phenomena for day-to-day situations (e.g., those in work and interpersonal interactions)
  6. Grading Scale: Your letter grade in this course will be determined by calculating your score on all assignments and exams as a percentage of the total possible score, on a standard grading scale:
    Your Letter Grade Your Score as % of Total
    A 90–100
    B 80-89
    C 70-79
    D 60-69
    F 0-59

    Assignments 40%

    As part of the requirements, students must complete short assignments based on these studies. There will be 2 assignments, each attracting 20% of total course grade.

    Assignment (Essay) 20%

    Students are also required to turn in an essay assignment.

    Guidelines for the essay assignment:

    • Word limit: 1500 – 2500
    • The assignment should be typed using Times New Roman, 12-point size, double spaced, and 1″ margins.
    • The assignment should be edited for spelling and grammar.
    • References to be provided using the APA guidelines.

    Exam 40%

    There will be a Final exam. The exam will be based on material covered in the textbook readings and lecture notes.

  7. Course Outline
    • What Is Social Psychology?
    • Doing Social Psychology Research
    • The Social Self
    • Perceiving Persons
    • Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination
    • Attitudes
    • Conformity
    • Group Processes
    • Attraction and Close Relationships
    • Helping Others
    • Aggression
    • Business
    • Health and Well-Being

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